Drugs and paraphernalia found in Ed Buck’s apartment will likely be admissible as evidence, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled on Tuesday.
The items were discovered in the apartment of the political activist while police were investigating the death of Gemmel Moore, who died there July 27, 2017. Buck is charged with supplying meth to him and another man, Timothy Dean, leading to their overdoses and deaths.
Controversy arose over the evidence, which L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies initially said they saw lying about in plain sight. Defense attorneys later learned the deputy had been instructed to open the drawer of the tool chest where the items were found, which would have required a search warrant.
The judge said the location of the items could “be the source of some limited cross-examination,” but ultimately she allowed her earlier ruling to stand.
Buck has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of distributing methamphetamine and enticing a person to travel with intent to engage in paid sex.